Emmanuel Macron sworn in as French president

Kristopher Drake
May 15, 2017

Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, presided the ceremony at the Elysee Palace here, the BBC reported.

In closing, President Macron paid tribute to the leaders of the fifth republic who came before him - from de Gaulle to Sarkozy and Hollande.

Some analysts and opponents have questioned the strength of Macron's mandate after he won just 24.01 percent in the first round of the presidential election on April 23 before his landslide victory over Le Pen in the second.

He takes charge of a nation that, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

He will be Mr Macron's right-hand man, the top official in the Elysee administration and a key political advisor who is typically the main contact point for ministries, parties, unions and business leaders and plays an important role in crafting policies.

Francois Hollande, France's former president, has left the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, following a one-hour meeting with his successor Emmanuel Macron.

During his inaugural address on Sunday, President Macron pledged to restore the confidence of the French people in their country's future.

In his inauguration speech Sunday, Macron said he will do everything necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis.

At the ceremony, Macron walked up the red carpet to the palace steps and exchanged a ceremonial handshake with Hollande. On Monday, he is expected to reveal the closely-guarded name of his prime minister, before flying to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Macron then accompanied his political patron, for whom he once worked as economy minister, down the red carpet to a waiting auto in which the Socialist leader departed to applause from VIP guests and his former household staff.

"The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity".

At the end of the formalities, a 21-gun salute rang out from the Invalides military hospital on the other side of the River Seine.

He then chose to be driven by military jeep rather than civilian limousine to the Arc de Triomphe, where he stood in the rain, without coat or umbrella, to light the flame in tribute to France's war dead at the tomb of the unknown soldier - a powerful reminder of France's role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence alliance. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP) Former French President Francois Hollande (R) and President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Hollande, meanwhile, went on Twitter to describe the "terrible ordeals" that marked his five-year term, from deadly attacks to Greece's debt crisis.

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